Place: RZD Arena. Moscow.
Date: on the 03rd of October, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 17:55 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League.
Last Wednesday Lokomotiv has broken down the 4-match series without victories, having won over Baltika in 1/16 finals of the Russian Cup (3:2). However that victory was gained in extra time whereas in the main time Smolov and the company didn’t win since August 26th.
On Saturday the Red and Greens have managed to win in frames of the RPL at last but without Smolov who won’t participate for a month because of injury. At the same time till the 80th minute of house match against Akhmat the score was 0:0, however Manuel Fernandes and Rifat Zhemaletdinov at last could please their fans– 2:0.
Thanks to the victory over the ream from Grozny Yuri Semin’s football players have reached the Eurocup top 5 on distance of three points. It is quite good, however now it is necessary to think about the Champions League where Lokomotiv started with devastating defeat in Istanbul – 0:3 against Galatasaray.
On Saturday Schalke hosted Mainz on home arena in frames of the 6th round of German Bundesliga. The hosts made only two shot on target but an accurate shot of Alessandro Schöpf was enough for the players of Domenico Tedesco to gain three points – 1:0.
Schalke is similar to the closest rival but only in the championship of Germany the Royal Blues’ situation is much worse. In the first five matches Tedesco’s players didn’t win any point, “having pleased” the fans with their effectiveness – two goals (three now). In the standings they take the second place from the end.
In the Champions League Schalke’s start doesn’t impress either. Yes, it is the draw but in the home match with Porto all expected that Schalke will win (1:1).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Lokomotiv vs. Schalke
Lokomotiv to win – 3.16
Draw – 3.20
Schalke – 2.51.
Only at the weekend the Royal Blues has broken the series without wins which has counted 6 matches. Probably, in the match with such Schalke Lokomotiv will manage to win at least one point.